National confab: inauguration kicks off today, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed emergency ambulances to the venue of the National Conference in Abuja.
Mallam Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer of the agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the National Contingency Plan for Nigeria (NCP) instituted by NEMA would attend to any emergency at the conference.

He said the plan was drawn from stakeholders in disaster management.

Datti listed the stakeholders to include the Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Federal Road Safety Commission, the police and other security agencies.

According to Datti, the contingency plan was developed by NEMA to enable it to respond promptly and effectively to disasters.

He said the plan was to enable NEMA to respond to disasters through a standard guideline for minimum response.
Mean while, FG has reiterate its restriction on delegates deliberations and to ensure that they do not go outside their brief during plenary
He explained that the NCP was established with programme objectives, approaches and procedures to
It was gathered that the Federal Government through the Conference Planning Secretariat had also developed a set of rules and regulations to guide the delegates’ deliberations and to ensure that they do not go outside their brief during plenary.

One source said that it was in recognition of the need to ensure that the delegates conform to what Nigerians had already pinpointed as the main areas of interest, that each delegate would be given a set of rules and regulations upon arrival in Abuja.

“While the government would not gag the delegates on what to discuss, it is also clear that the government will not allow anything that could lead to the break-up of Nigeria.

It is important to say that the committee planning the conference had outlined the major areas of interest to Nigerians based on the views expressed by them when the committee went round the six geo-political zones of the country.

“There is no doubt that the submission of the committee will help immensely in shaping the agenda of the meeting even though the secretariat will not in any way try to gag the delegates on what to say.

“It is also pertinent to say that anyone who wants to deviate from the views of the majority of Nigerians at the conference will have to test the superiority of their argument by winning by at least 75 per cent votes,” the source explained.


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